The first article of impeachment- -a perjury count- -has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee.
Coming up in JUST a moment details of this historic step from News-7's Ellen Qualls and the promiment role being played by Roanoke's Congressman Goodlatte.
In sports, The Express returns to the Roundhouse tonight in second place in the Northeast Division.
And we'll check in with today's activities on the eve of the Stagg Bowl.
Just a heads up for your weekend. Rain, some heavy amounts, on the way by mid-day Saturday. More on that coming up.
[SUPER=#4054; News 7 at Six Headline Banner]
The first article of presidential impeachment has been approved tonight - for perjury.
Moments before the vote, President Clinton made an appeal to Congress and the nation.
Ellen Qualls is in Washington with the latest.
( ad lib)
(Rollcue: hear this address.)
[IN Q=What I want]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC; :13]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Charles Schumer/(D) New York; :24]
[super=01-Chairman Henry Hyde/(R) Illinois; :54]
[OUT Q=to accept that.]
( ad lib)
Congressman Virgil Goode has said perjury amounts to an impeachable offense, though he stops short of saying he intends to VOTE for impeachment.
Today the Rocky Mount Democrat wondered whether the Senate might approve a penalty short of removing the President from office.
Goode seemed annoyed by White House lawyers who point to opinion polls that show Americans don't want the President impeached.
[IN Q=If everything's going]
((IF EVERYTHING'S GOING TO BE CONDUCTED ON THE BASIS OF A POLL, WE SHOULDN'T HAVE HAD TRIALS IN ANY OF THE RECENT HIGH PROFILE CASES. WE JUST RUN A POLL AND LET GEORGE GALLUP DECIDE WHETHER SOMEONE'S GUILTY OR INNOCENT. I DON'T SUBSCRIBE TO THAT.))
[OUT Q=subscribe to that.]
Goode was attending a dedication ceremony at the Penhook Post Office.
They unveiled Virginia's 17th Blue Star Memorial by-way marker, this one sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Garden Club.
Those polls may say one thing, but at least one of Congressman Bob Goodlatte's non-voting constituents FAVORS impeachment.
He's a 12- year- old Boy Scout from Linkhorne Middle School in Lynchburg.
Paul Inge wrote Goodlatte a letter urging him to hold President Clinton accountable for his actions.
Goodlatte read Inge's letter on national t-v last night.
[IN Q=I said basically]
((PAUL INGE/BOY SCOUT TROOP #29: I SAID BASICALLY THAT THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE IMPEACHED BECAUSE HE DID NOT OBEY THE LA
WS THAT ALL THE OTHER REGULAR CITIZENS OBEY, AND THAT I THINK THAT PEOPLE IN MY TROOP ARE BETTER EXAMPLES THAN THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN LATELY.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Inge/Boy Scout Troop #29; :00]
[OUT Q=has been lately.]
The sixth grader hopes Goodlatte will do what is best for the country when the matter comes to a vote.
Inge's letter helped earn him a merit badge for citizenship.
A shooting in Danville this afternoon might have been the result of road rage.
It happened on Patton Street about a block from the Danville Police Department.
Marsh Bennett, Junior, was shot in the face with a hand gun.
Police say it happened when Bennett got out of his car and approached the car in front of him.
He got into a fight with the driver, Willie Clyde Hamlett.
Hammlett fired a shot that hit Bennett in the left side of his face.
The injury was not life-threatening.
Hamlett was arrested at the scene.
Two homes in northwest Roanoke were damaged today in two separate fires.
The first happened this morning on Cornell Drive.
No one was injured, but the house was seriously damaged.
Investigators believe the fire started in the basement.
The family has lived in the home for just six months, after moving to the Roanoke Valley from South Carolina.
[wipe wipe wipe]
[GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]
Firefighters were called to the second blaze on Glenrose Avenue around 2:30 this afternoon.
No one was home there, and firefighters quickly brought the flames under control.
Investigators suspect a hot plate in a bedroom may have been responsible for that fire.
The deadline has been extended for farmers to apply for financial aid.
Farmers who lost at least forty percent of their crops between July and November have until February fifth to apply for money.
Congress has set aside 200-million-dollars to help livestock owners hurt by the drought.
Eighty Virginia counties are eligible.
Applications are available at local Farm Service Agency offices.
Meanwhile, Franklin County officials are still waiting to hear whether the governor will declare the area in a state of disaster due to the drought.
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
Still ahead on News 7 at 6, Bedford County warns deadbeat parents -- authorities are turning up the heat.
And he's gone but far from forgotten.
The Hill City remembers survivors of Hurricane Mitch with truck-loads of relief supplies.
[wx ad lib]
[MUSIC UP FULL]
[SUPER=82-0.77''/minus 0.23''/43.48''/plus 4.32'';]
[SUPER=83-Down 5.32 feet/Down 3.34 feet;Lake levels][Gilmore-Danville]
Governor Jim Gilmore stopped in Danville today to make a few financial promises that will promote economic development in Southside Virginia.
[IN Q=Well, I want to do everything]
((GOVERNOR JIM GILMORE: WELL, I WANT TO DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO ENCOURAGE THIS DEVELOPMENT OF THE SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS VIRGINIA ESPECIALLY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS INCUBATOR PROGRAMS SUCH AS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER SO I'M GOING TO BUDGET $500,000 FOR DANVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR SECOND YEAR OPERATIONAL SUPPORT AT THE DAN RIVER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER.))
[OUT Q=business development center.]
Local and state leaders joined Gilmore at the Danville Regional Airport for the announcements.
The governor also said he'll provide three-million dollars in funding for the Industrial Site Development Fund.
Rural communities would be able to apply for that assistance to help them with local business projects.
Bedford County authorities are turning up the heat on deadbeat parents who owe millions in unpaid child support.
Sheriff's officials this week kicked off "Operation Children First".. an effort aimed at getting the one thousand delinquent parents across the county to start paying up.
Together they owe their children close to seven million dollars.
[IN Q=But I would]
((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: BUT I WOULD CHALLENGE EVERY SHERIFF IN THE STATE TO GET ON BOARD AND LOOK AT THIS PROBLEM OF CHILD SUPPORT. IT'S HORRENDOUS, IT'S TERRIBLE.))
((NICK YOUNG/CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT: SO IT IS AN EPIDEMIC, WHEN YOU'VE GOT 25 PERCENT OF THE ENTIRE POPULATION THAT'S AFFECTED BY ANYTHING, THEY'RE IN ESSENCE DISENFRANCHISED. AND WE'VE GOT TO GET A HANDLE ON IT.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :00]
[SUPER=01-Nick Young/Child Support Enforcement; :11]
[OUT Q=handle on it.]
Statewide, deadbeat parents are a one- point- four BILLION dollar problem.
In one case, a 58- year- old man is still receiving payments from his 79- year- old father.
A former bowling alley on Melrose Avenue will soon begin a new life as a bingo hall.
All- Star Lanes closed its doors this summer, after several years of unprofitable operation.
Now, the Voice of the Blue Ridge is purchasing the building.
The non- profit agency supports the Radio Reading Service at WVTF, and provides other assistance for the visually impaired.
Once the building is renovated, it will include a bingo hall, a concession area and office space.
The group is also looking for other prospective tenants.
The building will be called the All- Star Center.
Tonight more than 18 tons of food and medical supplies is on its way to Hurricane Mitch victims in Nicaragua.. thanks to a relief effort in central Virginia.
Bandages, splints and stretchers were just a few of the items being loaded up at the Valtim plant in Forest this morning.
A half dozen local companies contributed the items, and a group known as Gleaning for the World helped organize the shipment.
[IN Q=The hospital]
((REV. RON DAVIDSON/GLEANING FOR THE WORLD: THE HOSPITAL IN MANAGUA, NICARAGUA IS COMPLETELY OUT OF SUPPLIES. WHEN MITCH CAME THROUGH THEY HAD VERY LITTLE AND NOW THEY HAVE NOTHING AND THE WORSE CASES WERE BROUGHT IN. SO WE'RE SHIPPING THIS DOWN TO RESUPPLY THEM SO THEY CAN TAKE CARE OF THE CHILDREN THERE.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Ron Davidson/Gleaning for the World; :00]
[OUT Q=the children there.]
This was the first of eight tractor trailer loads of supplies that will be sent to central America.
Mixed news from Wall Street today --
[TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
as the Dow fell nearly 20 points.
Nasdaq, however, ended up with a gain of 13 points, to set a record at 2-thousand-29.
[ AE /ATT/Bank of America/Bell/Columbia;]
[Crestar/Dana/Dimon/Dominion Resources/First Union;]
[First Virginia/General Electric/Kroger/Norfolk Southern/Optical Cable]
[phillip morris/roanoke electric steel/trigon/wachovia/walmart]
A Pulaski County two year old died last night, waiting for a heart transplant.
Courtney LaPlante has needed a heart since she was 11-days old, having undergone open-heart surgery for a defect.
Just two days ago, her parents joined another family- -whose baby is waiting for a heart- -asking the public to donate organs.
The Virginia Organ Procurement Agency says there are now 126 patients from birth to five- years in age waiting for heart transplants.
A religious tradition that started in Danville more than 40-years ago has spread all over the world.
Each year, the Ascension Lutheran Church puts up a special Christmas tree with ornaments that have deep spiritual meaning.
Christy Hubley explains.
[IN Q=In the sanctuary of the]
[SUPER=01-Robert Shaver/Ascension Lutheran Church; :18]
[SUPER=01-Martha Gray McCauley/Ascension Lutheran Church; :36]
[OUT Q=News 7, Danville.]
(( In the sanctuary of the Ascension Lutheran Church stands a 24-foot tall evergreen.
You won't find any tinsel or santa ornaments here.
This is a Chrismons Tree-- and it's gold and white handmade decorations convey the life of Christ.
[IN Q=The word Chrismons itself]
((ROBERT SHAVER/ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH: THE WORD CHRISMONS ITSELF IS A COMBINATION OF CHRIST PLUS MONOGRAMS TO MAKE CHRISMONS.))
[OUT Q=to make Chrismons.]
More than 500-Chrismons adorn these branches-- each one a symbol of Christianity.
Some tell the story of the birth of Jesus.
Others represent The Last Supper.
[IN Q=I think when people]
((MARTHA GRAY MCCAULEY/ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH: I THINK WHEN PEOPLE FIRST LOOK AT THE TREE IT'S "OH, IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL." BUT THEN AS YOU COME UP AND LOOK AT EACH ORNAMENT THEY WERE NOT DESIGNED TO JUST BE PRETTY LITTLE TRINKETS BUT THEY WERE DESIGNED TO GIVE A MESSAGE, TO TELL A STORY.))
[OUT Q=to tell a story.]
[IN Q=This tree will deepen]
((ROBERT SHAVER: THIS TREE WILL DEEPEN WHATEVER KNOWLEDGE ONE HAS OF THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN SYMBOLISM BECAUSE YOU WANT TO LOOK AT A CHRISMONS AND THEN YOU WANT TO LOOK UP THE SCRIPTURE REFERENCE. WHAT INSPIRED THAT ONE.))
[OUT Q=inspired that one.]
Now 42-years old, the Chrismons Tree tradition has spread to other churches and other countries.
The Ascension Lutheran Church says its the perfect way to remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
And coming up, Mike Stevens has the scoop of the Stagg Bowl championship luncheon the coaches talk about the big game.
And the Virginia Cavaliers hope to return to the Georgia Dome for a second win over the Bulldogs in the Peach Bowl.
The Virginia Cavaliers will chase a 10 win season New Years Eve against Georgia in the Peach Bowl.
The Wahoos held their post seasonn media day this afternoon.
Steve Mason catches us up to date on the 9 and 2 Wahoos.
[IN Q=fIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=01-George Welsh/Virginia Head Coach; :11]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/November 28th; :25]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/1995 Peach Bowl; :33]
[SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/12 Touchdowns and 2,319 Passing Yards; :40]
[SUPER=01-Adrian Burnim/Team Leading 4 Interceptions; 1:07]
[OUT Q=....NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
The Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, division Three's National Championship football game kicks off at Salem Stadium tomorrow at two o'clock.
This afternoon the opponents the game, Rowan and defending champ Mt. Union, were guests at a championship luncheon at the Salem Civic Center hosted by Your Hometown Station.
Former Buffalo Bills line coach Chuck Dickerson served as guest speaker for the event.
[IN Q="These guys...]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Dickerson/Former Bills LIne Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...love them for it."]
Kickoff time tomorrow is set for two o'clock. Tickets are still available for the game. This afternoon officials from the NCAA went thorough their final walk through to make sure Salem Stadium is ready to go.
Mount Union and Rowan have met before in the championship game of the Stagg Bowl.
The Purple Raiders are the defending champions but this Mount Union team has come along way since the start of the season.
Rowan started the season with a couple of losses but recovered to finish the year at 10 and 2.
[IN Q="It was...]
[SUPER=01-K.C. Keeler/Rowan Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Larry Kehres/Mount Union Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=....won em."]
Mount Union beat Rowan in the 1996 championship game and the Purple Raiders have won 41 straight games.
And tonight at 11-thirty-five we'll finish up our Friday Football Extra Season.
The final show will feature our coaches and Scholar athlete of the year plus some other football Goodies.
That's tonight tonight after the 11 oclock news on Friday Football Extra.
[SUPER=335-Most reported weather/related traffic accidents/occur in snow./True/False;]
[SUPER=X5003; Dissolves in question]
[SUPER=X5001; Clears FX]
[SUPER=330-Mostly/Cloudy/30-35/Cloudy With/Rain Developing/42-44;]
[SUPER=331-Mostly Cloudy/Winds Calm/30-35/Rain By/Afternoon/45-48;]
[SUPER=332-Mostly/Cloudy/28-30/Rain Likely By/Late Morning/40-42;]
[SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/28-30/Rain Likely/Late/40-42;]
[SUPER=334-Partly/Cloudy/28-32/Clouding Up/Rain Late/43-45;]
[SUPER=335-Most reported weather/related traffic accidents/occur in snow./True/False;]
[SUPER=X5003; Dissolves in question]
[SUPER=335-Most reported weather/related traffic accidents/occur in snow./False/More than 70%/occur in rain.;]
[SUPER=X5003; Dissolves in answer]
[SUPER=X5001; Clears FX][Promo]
[graphic=News 7 at 11]
As the impeachment vote wraps up in the House Judiciary Committee, we want to remind you that News 7's Ellen Qualls
will have the latest from Washington on what your lawmakers have to say, tonight at 11.[Close]
(Weekday 6 only)
[SUPER=x4032; e-mail/Most Watched/Copyright/WEEKDAYS]
SUPER=x4033; Fax/Most Watched/Copyright/WEEKDAYS
(Weekend 6 only)